Little Baby Everest?

Nature names for tykes on the rise

Your kids’ kids are gonna have some earthy names, say the baby-naming experts at We’re talking names like Everest, Nile, and Beach.

Though vintage-style monikers are currently popular—Beatrice and Clementine, for example—place names and ethnic-sounding names will be on the rise in the near future, Pam Satran, author of several baby-naming books and the woman behind Nameberry, told ABC News.

"Just like fashion forecasters are looking at what's in style now and predict what will be coming up in 10 or 20 years, we do the same," Satran said. "We look at origins of names, the sounds that are attracting people, and pop culture influences."

Who knows? Maybe it’ll be the norm to name the kids after mountains in the future. Although Everest is not popular now, Newberry says it's part of a new style wave that "parents in search of more avant-garde names will want to have their eyes on." After all, "the snow-capped Everest would surely stand out in a classroom yet has an acceptable name-like feel."



"South Africa remains the principal source of rhino horn for the illicit trade," according to a report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The report estimates that 3,226 horns were taken from rhinos poached in Africa from 2009 to September 2012, which excludes last year's massive hike in rhino poaching.

"This is very much like our drug war on our U.S./Mexican border," Howard Buffett told reporters, referring to how illegal hunters from Mozambique infiltrate Kruger National Park (KNP) in South Africa.

The money will fund a 30-month campaign in Kruger National Park and provide rangers with a helicopter, an aerostat balloon, and land vehicles equipped with sensors to track down poachers.

In parts of Asia, rhino horns are worth more per ounce than gold. Believed to be a cure-all for everything from cancer to hangovers, one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of rhino horn can fetch between $65,000 to $100,000 in Vietnam.

Edna Molewa, South Africa's Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, told Reuters that "fighting and winning the battle in South Africa is fighting and winning the battle in the world."


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